In this second exclusive volume of ancient leaders, we take an in-depth look at the lives, battles, and accomplishments of three more of the most renowned warrior leaders and the military strategies that made them legendary.
Hannibal commanded and managed to sustain his army in the field for 16 years without a single mutiny, through massive military engagements with the Romans, and his would be the greatest army Rome would ever face.
He was driven by his lifelong pledge to "never be on friendly terms with the Romans" for their history of attacking trade routes dominated by Phoenicia, and he spoke his oath to his father and before the god, Ba'al, his namesake. It drove him to the most exhaustive and daring trek ever attempted by a marching army, one that took him through Spain and France, across the Alps, and down through the heartland of Rome with thousands of men, horses, and elephants in a campaign that was unprecedented, unexpected by the Romans, and unmatched to this day.
Julius Caesar was a man of the people, a brilliant orator and statesman who managed to literally talk his way into the highest position in the Roman Senate. His military exploits have been admired by leaders and historians alike, but he was not always above board in his dealings. As with most leaders of his kind, he gained his reputation, at least in part, by conquering in the name of Rome, and he died by the same underhanded tactics he had dealt to others.
Attila ruled from 434 CE until his death in 453, but he began is rise by shedding the blood of his brother. Rome paid him tribute for his protection, but he nevertheless invaded Italy, simply sparing the city in his campaign. He allegedly declined to strike a bargain with the vision of the saints, Peter and Paul, who told him they would strike him dead if he did not make amends with Pope Leo I, and Attila died the following year, telling the world, "There where I have passed the grass will never grow again."
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